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DOOM-like 3D engine made out of MS excel formulas

Jak Connor | Fri, Feb 16 2018 7:30 AM CST

What was once thought to be impossible has been done, a developer known C Bel has created a 3D DOOM-like engine only using Microsoft excel formula.

C Bel took to Gamasutra to announce the creation and explained in great detail how he went about designing and constructing the 3D engine through only using excel. According to the notes provided on the Gamasutra post, the spreadsheet engine is meant to be a DOOM-like representation, which to be fair deserves quite a lot of praise as the resemblance can very well be seen.

Contrary to popular belief, the engine currently supports a number of different functionalities, such as real-time raytracing, occlusion calculation and basic illumination rendering. Full a full breakdown on the creation C Bel has made, visit the full article here.

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VLC's new 3.0 supports 8K video, HDR, and even Chromecast

Anthony Garreffa | Sat, Feb 10 2018 7:19 AM CST

VLC is one of the most-loved open-source pieces of software that transcends space and time, and has been the most anti-bloat, anti-BS super-lightweight software in Windows' history. Well, the new v3.0 "Vetinari" update has some massive changes in store.

We're looking at HDR10 support, and hardware-accelerated 4K/8K video on everything from smartphones, to PCs. VLC 3.0 works with Blu-ray's Java-based menus, and is even optimized for the notch on the new iPhone X. There's also Chromecast support for all devices and even in formats "not supported natively", while audio passthrough for HD audio codecs is featured in VLC 3.0 as well.

VLC 3.0 even supports 360-degree video and 3D Audio, while the new Vetinari update provides hardware decoding by default in order to hit that 4K and 8K playback, while 10-bit color and HDR are welcomed.

You can grab the new VLC 3.0 right here.

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Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10

Anthony Garreffa | Fri, Feb 2 2018 9:43 PM CST

Microsoft has made some big changes to their next version of Office, with the company announcing that Office 2019 will be released later this year, but only Windows 10 users will be able to enjoy it.

Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10 |

Office 2019 will only work on select Microsoft operating systems, including:

  • Any supported Windows 10 SAC (Semi-Annual Channel) release
  • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) 2018
  • The next LTSC release of Windows Server

Now that we know Office 2019 will only work with Windows 10, what happens with Office 2020 when it's released? Well, Microsoft are doing this so that both Windows and Office are tied to each other for the very latest updates, especially in the wake of security bugs in Meltdown and Spectre.

Microsoft explains: "Software that is more than a decade old, and hasn't benefited from this innovation, is difficult to secure and inherently less productive. As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence".

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Twitch is now featured as an Alexa Echo Skill

Jak Connor | Thu, Dec 14 2017 4:36 AM CST

Amazon has officially launched a Alexa skill that will allow for users of Alexa to control Twitch using their voice. This new Alexa skill has numerous uses such as asking for specific channel activity and a list of popular game being viewed.

Twitch is now featured as an Alexa Echo Skill |

This is not a surprise for Amazon to integrate Twitch into their Alexa skills as Amazon own Twitch, buying the streaming giant back in 2014 for $1 billion. The Twitch Alexa skill is designed to complement gamers that use Twitch regularly, Twitch has done this by giving users the option to enable notifications of their favorite channels going live.

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Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available now

Shaun Grimley | Fri, Oct 20 2017 5:13 AM CDT

Microsoft have officially released their fourth latest major update for Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft's latest update is set to include an abundance of new and improved features including Fluent Design, OneDrive On demand, Stories, Windows Mixed Reality and more.

Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available now |

Microsoft will be rolling out the updates in stages as per previous major updates, users will be prompt via Windows Update. Or if you're impatient, you can head over the Microsoft Windows 10 website and manually download the update yourself.

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Discord introduces Verified Servers

Shaun Grimley | Mon, Oct 16 2017 4:44 AM CDT

Discord have recently announce that their free VoIP application will include Verified Servers. Verified Servers allows for game developers and publishers to help promote their product, distrubtion of official news, showcase their server in-game, custom branding for link and other methods of expanding the game's community.

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Discord Verified Servers will be indicated via a checkbox next to the game server name, similar to how Twitch indicate their verified accounts. The verification process is fairly straight forward- a server must be owned and moderated by the game developer or publisher that meets Discord's requirements, and follow Discord's community guidelines that includes enabling explicit content filter to remove illegal or malicious content.

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The advantages of Discord's Verified Servers is obvious but it remains to be seen how many developers will take advantage of the program other than for social interaction.

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AMD release Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.10.1

Shaun Grimley | Wed, Oct 11 2017 7:16 AM CDT

AMD have today released released Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10.1 drivers. These beta drivers add optimizations for upcoming releases such Middle-Earth: Shadows of War and The Evil Within 2, including Radeon Chill support for both releases.

AMD release Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.10.1 |

The drivers also include fixes for some common issues including where bezel compensation in mixed-mode cannot be applied using Eyefinity setups and rare flickering for DiRT 4 with certain multi-GPU configurations. AMD have updated the common issues to include two new concerns- freeze/crash when using Windows 7 and upgrading Radeon Software with multi-GPU Vega configurations and corrupted graphics on certain HDR displays in Forza Motorsport 7 when HDR is enabled in-game.

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AOL Instant Messenger to shut down on December 15

Shaun Grimley | Mon, Oct 9 2017 3:26 AM CDT

Remember when you'd log on to the internet with your 56k modem, wait patiently for AIM start-up and log in? There's probably some people who do (hopefully without the 56k modem). Unfortunately Verizon, owner of AOL, have announced that on December 15, the long-running instant messenger service will be shut down.

AOL Instant Messenger to shut down on December 15 |

"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," writes Michael Albers, communications products VP at Oath.

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Spotify writing huge amounts of data to storage drives

Sean Ridgeley | Fri, Nov 11 2016 9:58 AM CST

For five months or more, the Spotify software on Windows, Mac, and Linux has been writing a gigantic amount of data to storage devices, potentially taking years off their lifespan. Tens, hundreds, or even thousands of gigabytes written within an hour have been reported, and occur when the software is idle and is not storing any songs locally.

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The problem -- which was reproduced easily by Ars Technica -- is said to be tied to one or more database files with the Mercury.db string. It is of course particularly burdensome to solid state drives (SSDs), which have limited write capacity.

"We've seen some questions in our community around the amount of written data using the Spotify client on desktop," a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement. "These have been reviewed and any potential concerns have now been addressed in version 1.0.42, currently rolling out to all users."

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OBS Studio adds support for AMD Video Coding Engine

Sean Ridgeley | Tue, Sep 27 2016 1:03 PM CDT

It's a hard life if you're an AMD user and like to stream and record. Whereas NVIDIA users enjoy the sleek, performance-light, and feature-rich Shadowplay, there's really nothing as good for the other camp.

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The gap narrows somewhat today though as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio (the new and improved version of OBS) gains support for AMD's Video Coding Engine (VCE). Essentially, this means fast, high-quality recording and streaming, in contrast to Windows Media Foundation offered, particularly at 1080p and 60 FPS.

VCE support has been in testing for awhile now and today marks the first stable release. To download it, hit the source link below, or if you're in no hurry, wait until the next OBS Studio release with which it will be bundled.

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